The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Book 38/30.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I hadn’t read a Pulitzer Prize winning novel in a couple of years and this served as a reminder of why I tend to stay away from them as I really don’t understand why the prose of Pulitzer Prize winning novels has to be so… unfriendly. My boyfriend says this is the worst book he’s ever read in his life, and while I do not necessarily share his sentiments, it did take me some time to get into this because the prose was no fun to read!

For whatever reason, be it nuclear war or environmental collapse, the world has gone to shit and the novel takes place in a post-apocalyptic world. This aspect gave me major The Walking Dead vibes because of how the man and the boy had to scavenge for food and other items necessary to survive (Rick Grimes voice) while also taking care to avoid the bad guys on the road. There were some tense situations involving some bad guys that made for some suspenseful reading, but those were few and far between. The Road is thin on plot, slow in pace and mostly lacking in action, but I still enjoyed it mostly due to the gentle and heartwarming father-son relationship between the man and the boy. This was my face –🥺🥺🥺– more often than not when reading many of the scenes between the man and the boy.

I think I would have given this 4 stars if it was written in “normal” prose, because for all the book’s faults I was deeply moved by the father-son relationship between the man and the boy, but “Pulitzer prose” is NOT for me so 3 stars it is 😐

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** A guide to ratings **
1 star – did not like it
2 stars – it was okay
3 stars – liked it
4 stars – really liked it
5 stars – it was amazing

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